Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator Gerald Wilson was a jazz treasure for more than six decades. Named an NEA Jazz Master in 1990. Wilson's multifaceted career reached from the swing era of the 1930s to the diverse jazz sounds of the 21st century. Born in Shelby, Mississippi on September 4, 1918. Died on September 8, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.